Fallen officer cherished for leadership, love, and laughter

The countless who knew Capt. Charles “Bo” Harrison, say they’re better people because of it. And, the superlatives flow freely when people describe what he was like. Here are just a few of those descriptions: Hero. Christian. Father. Brother. Husband. Friend. Leader. Coach. Servant. Great Officer. Integrity. Honorable.. He was “a servant-leader who made a difference to every man, … [Read more...]

Vietnam veteran receives overdue honor

One Vietnam veteran has finally received his long-deserved welcome. The Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary Land O’ Lakes Satellite Club recognized George Voorhes on June 23 as its first recipient of the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Lapel Pin. Voorhes, 82, retired from the army in 1974, following 20 years of service. He served in the Korean War and had three tours of duty in Vietnam, … [Read more...]

In Print: Martial arts, grief, and a horror movie

Depending on your age, you have cheered either for Daniel Laruso or Dre Parker to bring home a karate championship. But that's the movies. In reality, for those living in Wesley Chapel, all eyes were on the Vo brothers — Derick, Jason and Andrew — who traveled all the way to Poland to represent the United States at the World Union of Karate-Do Federations World Karate Championship. The … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Korea no longer ‘conflicts’ in Florida

For years, soldiers who fought in Korea and Vietnam were told they participated in "conflicts." But Gov. Rick Scott has signed H.B. 559 into law Thursday, which at least in the eyes of Florida, changes those "conflicts" into "wars." It might seem like a matter of semantics, but for veterans, using the terms "Korean War" and "Vietnam War" instead of "Korean Conflict" and "Vietnam Era" more … [Read more...]

NAIL V.I.P. opens in Lutz with top-quality service at discounted prices

As a single mother with a young son, Cindy Nguyen worked diligently for many years as a nail tech to build her client base and save money so she could open her own nail salon. She opened her first location in Temple Terrace six years ago and this past February opened a second store in Lutz on Florida Avenue, a quarter mile north of Bearss Avenue in the same shopping center as The Gathering … [Read more...]